Copenhagen, Christiania and [way too many] croissants

Last weekend I was lucky enough to venture over to Copenhagen with my sister. I am one hell of a fan of a city break and this, my friends, was no exception!
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The trick is to go early on a Friday and come back Sunday afternoon/ evening so you have to take minimal time out from work but get to fill the days with oh so many wonderful things.

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Here are my highlights…

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Explore: The Design Museum (which strangely many of the bus drivers don’t know exist!) was a really cool place to visit. We spent a good few hours in there looking at all the amazing design that has come out of Denmark. So many chairs, so little time.
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1891289_666485937336_1274139965_nEat a little more: After a reacquaintance with the friendly ‘afternoon nap’ we headed to the meatpacking district and sampled the pizza delights that ‘Mother‘ had to offer. Great atmosphere, great pizza, great vino. I’d definitely recommend it.

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Explore: Up [relatively] early we decided to venture out of town on the Metro to visit the Loppemarked, an amazing indoor flea market at Den Bla Hal. The rooms went on and on and on. Heaven. Picked up a little Danish milk bottle souvenir (about the only thing I could fit in my suitcase!).

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Eat: For lunch we headed to Cafe Wilder for some tasty Danish dishes. Cute little restaurant and lovely food. Watch out for the little night lights on the tables…I managed to set fire to my handbag!
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Explore a little more: If you read anything about Copenhagen, it will probably include something along the lines of “You won’t understand the true culture of Copenhagen, unless you go to Christiania.” So there was only one thing for it. And we certainly weren’t disappointed. It’s an old 60s hippy commune and it is also one of my new favourite places.
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Eat: Christiania, understandably, left us rather peckish, so we headed over to the Laundromat Cafe for a milkshake and sampled their ‘basket of chips’. WOW. It’s pretty cool in there and you’re never sure whether people are in there for food or to wash their clothes – genuinely. Definitely one to check out while you’re there, if you’ve got room for a burger, even better – they looked good.
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Eat a little more… After another late afternoon recharge of the batteries, we headed out for some food. We had hoped to head to BioMio, but we didn’t get out until about 10.30pm so missed the kitchen on that one. Luckily Patepate next door welcomed us with open arms and we had some gorgeous dishes between us, washed down with some vino of course. The restaurant/ bar has a great vibe and I especially likes our waiter because he declared his love for Brighton. The fact he could tell I was from there from me speaking was a little worrying though…When the bill came we got a cute mini black and white postcard as a thank you – nice touch.

Enjoy: Vino fuelled we decided to get down and dirty [not literally] in the meatpacking district so headed to the famous Jolene for some G&Ts. The fact that it’s an old butchers alone gives it an element of quirkiness.

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The fact it has “This is not a fucking cocktail bar” etched behind the bar confirmed our thoughts in thinking this is a place we could belong. And the toilets had more toilet roll than they did graffiti. And they had a hell of a lot of graffiti. After taking in the Danish dancing styles around us (very interesting), we headed over to Karriere. If you didn’t feel weird about being in an old butchers at Jolene then you might in here, as you enter through the plastic flaps that once welcomed a pig or two, i’d imagine. With a bar as long as this one, there are no issue with getting served – something that makes me very happy. And the DJ had a beard, so what more could I ask for.
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Explore: Today was ride-a-bike day. The perfect climbedintobedatsixam recovery system. We rode all around the city, taking in some of the gorgeous historical buildings, the opera house, the Little Mermaid. A beautiful way to spend the day.

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Eat: We stopped off at Halifax burger for our final meal of the weekend. Great burgers. Great chips. Great dips. Need I say more.

If you’re still wondering whether you should go to Copenhagen, then just google Christiania and that will help you decide. Enjoy!

Betty
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‘BtnEtsy talks’ debut

Last week btnetsy launched their new inspiring talks at The Old Market in Brighton. To launch the new talks, I joined Lyndsey from What You Sow and we shared some of our PR and marketing knowledge, to help inspire fellow local designer makers.

I’ve worked in communications for about 7 years in one way or another, from marketing to events, and for the last four years I’ve been at Pegasus working on integrated campaigns for big brands, which focus on the whole sha-bang of traditional PR, social media and pretty much anything creative that gets people talking.

I was first up and took the group through the basics of PR, from thinking about the fact that you are your brand, right up to how to approach talking to journalists. [image by Toby @ Ilikecats]

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When Lyndsey launched What You Sow just over a year ago, I worked with her to help her with the challenge of getting the word out about her new business. Since then, she’s secured some amazing coverage in a whole host of national and consumer titles, including the Daily Mail – many peoples DREAM.

She shared some practical tips that she has had to learn the hard way and let a lot of people feeling inspired. Exactly what we had hoped for! Here are the slides from the talk:

Thanks to Sarah from Rock Cakes for hosting the evening, all the btnetsy leaders and lovely crafters that came and listened to us.

See you at the next talk….coming soon!

Betty
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A sprinkle of Christmas magic this Saturday…

This Saturday sees the Fairy Tale Fair return to the Patcham Methodist church in Brighton, with a dash of Reindeer and a sprinkle of Christmas craftiness.

There will be a lot going on, from amazing designer makers selling their festive makes to workshops for the kids and GORGEOUS cake. I’ll be there too! Head over to the Fairy Tale Fair blog for lots of seller interviews to see what you’ve got to look forward to.

Come and see us between 10.30am and 4pm on Saturday, 16th November.

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Betty
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October in pictures!

October has been another crazy month. Here it is in picture…

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1. I met Captain Hook during my first trip to Euro Disney
2. I spent a lovely Saturday walking along the River Seine in Paris
3. I went back to my childhood watching Knightmare Live (one of the best 80/90s tv shows)
4. I started to pack up my life to leave my amazing flat in the North Laine in Brighton
5. I started experimenting with craft kits to sell at my Christmas markets
6. Sitting in the four row of the beautiful Russell Brand was a dream
7. I got completely spooked at Shocktoberfest at Tulley’s Farm (SO MUCH FUN!)
8. What You Sow celebrated their 1st birthday with a month long party. I shared a how-to to celebrate!
9. Six of us tried to get Glastonbury tickets for a good few hours. AND FAILED.
10. One of my best friends celebrated her 30th birthday with a mad hatter’s tea party (hat courtesy of moi)
11. I went to the 72nd floor of The Shard in London. And felt WEIRD.
12. Me and my partner in crime went our separate ways and moved out of Studio 54.

Betty x

September in pictures!

September was such a busy month for Bets & Bobs, I wouldn’t know where to start.

Here’s the month in pictures!

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1. My birthday DMs got their first outing
2. I designed a cake topper collection to add to my offering
3. Bets & Bobs headed to the first ever We Made This designer maker fair in Brighton
4. I became a carpenter when I made myself a lovely new card display for my markets
5. I designed some new inspiring prints for Winter 2013
6. I found THE BEST Delboy-eque jacket in a charity shop, ready for winter markets!
7. My beautiful friends Emma & Paul got married in Leamington spa with a sprinkle of Bets & Bobs love
8. I headed to my first Spitalfields with Belle’s Events, sharing a stall with the lovely and very talented Kirstin Stride
9. I celebrated my best friend’s engagement with a gorgeous afternoon tea at Metrodeco in Kemptown
10. I got myself a new tattoo when I went to Edinburgh for the weekend
11. I found the PERFECT crafty space. Inspiration to become organised!
12. I started designing the first of many new Christmas cards for 2013

Betty x

Mirror Mirror on the wall, who is the craftiest of them all?

Tomorrow sees Patcham Methodist Church open it’s doors to a whole host of magical madness, with 35 clever crafters sharing their handmade creations. The Fairy Tale Fair hold their 4th fair this Saturday, 10th August, marking their first birthday!

ImageProxy.mvcDoors open from 10.30am and entry is FREE, so it’s the perfect addition to your Saturday in Brighton. There will also be a raffle raising money for the RSPCA, with some AMAZING prizes up for grabs. To take a look, head over the the Fairy Tale Fair Facebook page.

Get your best party clothes on and come down and enjoy some tasty cake from Mayflower Events too. There will also be some fun workshops to get involved in.

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Find out who I will be joining at the fair here – there will be lots of us from the Brighton Etsy group!

I will have lots of new pictures and cards with me, so make sure you come and say hello.

Betty
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Etsy Betsy!

It’s been a while since you’ve heard from me, but I’m back! And I’ve been BUSY!

July was an amazing month for Brighton Etsy sellers. We took part in the Etsy Global Craft Party on 20th June, where the lovely ladies at Super+Super kindly granted the #btnetsy team with the wish to take over their window display and turn it in to Camp Etsy! We skill swapped (I learnt how to knit again, thanks to the lovely B Millinery and Toby of I like CATS) and started work on the window props.

Cheska, the queen of Mooshpie curated the window display and worked very hard with help from Toby of I like CATS, the hello DODO crew and Karli of Designosaur. The party on 20th kicked off the start of the creation, but the Brighton Etsy team continued crafty until 1st July, when it went up. Bets & Bobs got involved too and made some badges, clouds, tents and a little campfire to help set the scene.

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The window reveal marked the start of Etsy’s Mentor Month too. Local designer makers teamed up to share Etsy insights and work towards creating an a bunch of even lovelier shops! I set up my Bets & Bobs Etsy shop just in time to join the craft party, so I was VERY happy to be part of mentor month.

The mentor programme gave me the opportunity to work with the very talented Kirstin Stride and I learnt a lot about running a successful shop. She was a great mentor and later won “most knowledgable mentor” at the end of month party. Whoop whoop! I also had the pleasure of working with Claudia Made This, as she kindly took me on as her mentor 🙂 she’s done an amazing job updating her shop with new photography and she enjoyed mentor month so much she’s been inspired to launch another shop for her illustrations. Watch this space!

We finished off an amazing month with an Etsy mentor party, again held at Super+Super (Amy & Claire are really are good to us). Elizabeth from Ean jewellery and Karli from Designosaur worked really hard all month to make sure the mentor programme was a success and their efforts didn’t stop at the celebrations! A whole host of mentors and mentees won well earned awards. Here’s me with my mentor and mentee. Both winners!

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To celebrate a great month all round, the Etsy Brighton team is taking part in a 10% sale for 14 days, so make sure you head over to Etsy and search for MMSALE to see all their amazing creations!

Here are some of my favourites…
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Well done and thank you to everyone in the Brighton Etsy team that joined in Mentor Month. A highlight was Becky from Becky Queen of Frocks sharing her song on the Ukelele that she wrote about her experiences of the month!

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Thanks to Super+Super for putting us up 🙂

Betty
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